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« Reply #50 on: March 28, 2011, 09:18 »
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I quit thinking about it as the months went by.  Sounds like SS got what it wanted - a quick infusion of high-volume images to Bigstock - and they're never going to get around to offering this to small contributors.  Just more unfulfilled hype.


rubyroo

« Reply #51 on: March 28, 2011, 09:20 »
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I don't' know if it's just me, but they seem to have speeded up the review times at Bigstock as a result of all this.

« Reply #52 on: March 28, 2011, 09:55 »
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... and they're never going to get around to offering this to small contributors.  Just more unfulfilled hype.

I'm not sure the size of the contributor makes any difference __ they never asked for my height or weight anyway.

I think the process may be quite labour intensive so possibly uneconomic for low selling images. For small portfolios it's not much hassle to upload to both sites manually.

My sales at BigStock appeared to have jumped over 50% since my images were ported over from SS. I'm projected to be 65% up compared to March 2010 so I'm delighted with the programme.

rubyroo

« Reply #53 on: March 28, 2011, 10:35 »
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Glad to know it wasn't my height that got in the way.  I'm only three inches tall and carrying this camera gear around is murder...

Great to hear your sales are up Gostwyck.  Always good to hear good news in these times of doom-dominance.

Even if they'd offered me a 'bridge', I'm not sure I'd have taken it though.  When it comes to that very subjective 'focus' rejection at SS, I invariably get those shots accepted at Bigstock, so I'm not sure it would have panned out so well for me.

Here's to us all, tall or small.  <Grabs string and climbs off desk>

« Reply #54 on: March 28, 2011, 10:42 »
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Hello all,

A few replies to earlier questions:

On Keywords

It's OK to use the same keywords for both Shutterstock and Bigstock images. The main difference right now is that Bigstock supports both titles and descriptions (subheadlines) in addition to a caption, which helps the Bigstock search engine calculate relevance in a slightly different way than what is done at Shutterstock.

We suggest paying close attention to general guidelines (some are linked below).  If there are discrepancies, they're probably historical in nature from a time that the two services were fully independent companies.  We now have a single over-arching content team with separate (but cooperating) review teams for each service. The goal (and nurtured practice) is to have shared standards for each.  

Bridge images go through one review process -- not two -- which would hypothetically open up the Bigstock queue for faster review times, since we've invited some high-volume Shutterstock folks to submit only once via the Bridge program (I haven't checked on the effect of this).  


Keyword tips:
http://www.bigstockphoto.com/blog/theupload/2010/07/keyword-tips/
http://submit.shutterstock.com/newsletter/124/article3.html  (there are additional keywording links at the bottom)


On Invites

We're still inviting contributors in phases, but as originally indicated, the program is predominately focused on a modest number of high-volume and/or high-performance contributors.   There are various reasons for this, including the fact that we have to process and de-duplicate images (which takes both staff time and server processing resources), and the fact that we're purposefully not duplicating the collections.  

So far, the program has been proceeding very positively.


Best,

Scott

 
« Last Edit: March 28, 2011, 10:47 by scottbraut »

WarrenPrice

« Reply #55 on: March 28, 2011, 13:09 »
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There does seem to be some strange things happening.  At one time, BigStock was very strict on focus.  Now, I'm getting OOF rejections at ShutterStock and the same image is being accepted at Big Stock. 
I know there is considerable complaining about the auto-reject button at Shutterstock but WHY? 

I would much rather have my images accepted at ShutterStock;  they sell there.   >:(

« Reply #56 on: May 11, 2011, 20:51 »
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So at the end is it one way transaction of files from Shutter to BS?
Anyhow where on BS I can see my newest approved images are?
Is this is also applied to Vectors?

lagereek

« Reply #57 on: May 11, 2011, 23:43 »
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Hi Lisa!

What do you mean?  the entire portfolio at SS, is copied over to BS?  have you done it?  must be an advantage in that case.

lagereek

« Reply #58 on: May 12, 2011, 00:49 »
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Yeah well I DO get the pop-up link but then theres an internal server link error, sigh!  would be nice to just shuffle over approx  2000 shots from SS, for me time is the essence and I simply cant fint the time to manually get them all over to BS.

« Reply #59 on: May 12, 2011, 02:24 »
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Yeah well I DO get the pop-up link but then theres an internal server link error, sigh!  would be nice to just shuffle over approx  2000 shots from Shutterstock, for me time is the essence and I simply cant fint the time to manually get them all over to BS.
After I was invited they moved the images over for me. All I had to do was to reply and agree to it.   Sales have doubled for me at BS since then. Write to support and ask them if they can move yours over, it is well worth it.

lagereek

« Reply #60 on: May 12, 2011, 03:21 »
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My " bride-to bigstock" invite is there in the popup menue but when pressing on it,  Im getting an  Internal-server-problem?  meaning what?

best.

« Reply #61 on: May 12, 2011, 05:01 »
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No idea but I'm sure support can sort it out for them .  It's only a matter of agreeing to let them do it.  They look at your whole port on SS and move over anything that isn't already at BS.

lisafx

« Reply #62 on: May 12, 2011, 08:29 »
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My " bride-to bigstock" invite is there in the popup menue but when pressing on it,  Im getting an  Internal-server-problem?  meaning what?


This Bride to Bigstock must be a special offer just for you Chris. I'm jealous!  ;D

Seriously though, sounds like there is just a glitch in the works for you.  I would write Support and see if they can sort it out for you. 

Seems like it takes a couple of days after SS acceptance and then the same images are all on BigStock. 

lagereek

« Reply #63 on: May 12, 2011, 08:40 »
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My " bride-to bigstock" invite is there in the popup menue but when pressing on it,  Im getting an  Internal-server-problem?  meaning what?


This Bride to Bigstock must be a special offer just for you Chris. I'm jealous!  ;D

Seriously though, sounds like there is just a glitch in the works for you.  I would write Support and see if they can sort it out for you. 

Seems like it takes a couple of days after Shutterstock acceptance and then the same images are all on BigStock. 

Oh!  sheit!  is that what I wrote?  blimey so it is,  whats even worse is that I probably wrote the same to SS support,  was busy and didnt think straight. This is a good deal actually because with the little time one has, I would never be able to upload a further 2000 files,  impossible.

However, I do think this should be open to all,  reason being that it will hopefully increase revenue for agency as well as photographer, or at least with ports of 500 shots plus.
saves an awful lot of time and hassle.

best.

lisafx

« Reply #64 on: May 12, 2011, 08:46 »
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However, I do think this should be open to all,  reason being that it will hopefully increase revenue for agency as well as photographer, or at least with ports of 500 shots plus.
saves an awful lot of time and hassle.


I don't know for sure, but I would be willing to bet it will eventually be open to all, because you are right - it should save time (and reviewing costs) for the agencies, and it is sure a timesaver for us :)

« Reply #65 on: May 12, 2011, 16:51 »
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Yeah well I DO get the pop-up link but then theres an internal server link error, sigh!  would be nice to just shuffle over approx  2000 shots from Shutterstock, for me time is the essence and I simply cant fint the time to manually get them all over to BS.

I'm pretty much in the same boat (except without an offer to join).  I have 2500 photos on SS, and 0 on BigStock, and I can't find any motivation to upload them myself, but I would be happy to join the program.

« Reply #66 on: May 13, 2011, 03:03 »
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Yeah well I DO get the pop-up link but then theres an internal server link error, sigh!  would be nice to just shuffle over approx  2000 shots from Shutterstock, for me time is the essence and I simply cant fint the time to manually get them all over to BS.

I'm pretty much in the same boat (except without an offer to join).  I have 2500 photos on Shutterstock, and 0 on BigStock, and I can't find any motivation to upload them myself, but I would be happy to join the program.
Why don't you write to support and ask them if they will do it for you?  You have nothing to lose by  asking.

lagereek

« Reply #67 on: May 13, 2011, 03:53 »
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Yeah well I DO get the pop-up link but then theres an internal server link error, sigh!  would be nice to just shuffle over approx  2000 shots from Shutterstock, for me time is the essence and I simply cant fint the time to manually get them all over to BS.

I'm pretty much in the same boat (except without an offer to join).  I have 2500 photos on Shutterstock, and 0 on BigStock, and I can't find any motivation to upload them myself, but I would be happy to join the program.
Why don't you write to support and ask them if they will do it for you?  You have nothing to lose by  asking.


Yep!  doing that right now actually.

« Reply #68 on: May 13, 2011, 23:48 »
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Why don't you write to support and ask them if they will do it for you?  You have nothing to lose by  asking.

I did back in January, and got a canned response along the lines of "its invite only..."

lagereek

« Reply #69 on: May 14, 2011, 00:08 »
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I have written to support!!!!  and I have an INVITATION!!  but there is a freaking server error 500 on their server which is screwing up my Bridge.

They wrote back to me saying they gonna speak to the tech-dept, etc.
Cant really understand this?  its in their interest as well as mine to transfer some 1700 shots, some great sellers, etc.

Why should my Bridge be screwed up?  havent got the time to manually do this myself.

« Reply #70 on: May 14, 2011, 02:34 »
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I have written to support!!!!  and I have an INVITATION!!  but there is a freaking server error 500 on their server which is screwing up my Bridge.

They wrote back to me saying they gonna speak to the tech-dept, etc.
Cant really understand this?  its in their interest as well as mine to transfer some 1700 shots, some great sellers, etc.

Why should my Bridge be screwed up?  havent got the time to manually do this myself.

I got my invitation yesterday, too and I had also problems going through their sign-up process. I didn't get a server error, it just got thrown back to the login page for customers, not submitters. For me the solution was to try a different browser (Safari on my IPhone, of all things) and voila, today I got the e-mail that my photos were sucessfully transfered. So if you haven't already done so, you might try another browser and/or OS...

Roadrunner

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« Reply #71 on: May 14, 2011, 07:39 »
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Sorry - my post ended up in the wrong place - so I deleted the text.
« Last Edit: May 14, 2011, 07:47 by Roadrunner »

lagereek

« Reply #72 on: May 15, 2011, 00:48 »
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Dont think SS, know what a server error-500, is?  or they would have sorted it out by now. However its one of the most common server errors in the business, can easily be fixed but ofcourse you have to get around to do it.

lagereek

« Reply #73 on: May 16, 2011, 12:47 »
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I have now mailed SS and BS,  but all I get is ignorant silence,  I dont think they know what the f-ck an error 500 is!  yet its the most common internal server error existing.
Lousy.



 

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